Judging by the cover – 3/16/22 news • AIPT

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Most comic book fans have a clear idea of ​​what they’re going to buy each week when they walk down to their local comic book store. That said, there’s still plenty of fun to be had a look at what’s new this week and take a chance on a book that looks promising, funny, scary, etc. That’s where covers come in. A fantastic image can be the difference between trying something new or saying, “No, not this week.”

With that in mind, here are the covers that caught our attention this week, featuring entries from comic book editor Chris Coplan. That’s judging by the cover.


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Night wing #90

Variant cover by Cully Hamner

The only common thread of the latter night wing series is an overwhelming sense of dichotomy. Namely, things are funny and sweet but also dark and terrible. And you see that in everything from Dick Grayson serving as Superman’s mentor…while being targeted by assassins. Or, how Dick and Barbara re-explore their relationship… at the same time, Dick uncovers some truly intense family drama. Heck, even sweet, wonderful Bitewing is missing a leg. (Which also enhances his sheer adorableness.) This same trend continues in issue #90, as we continue the “Dick Grayson tries to save Blüdhaven and is still the target of a bloody blow” by delving into the friendship of Dick and Wally West (Flash), in what should be a powerful exploration of guy bonding (again, facing certain death). That’s why I chose this variant cover: it’s sweet and lovely, sure, but there’s also the red sky and the weird angle (is that Spider-Man running on the glass?!) which makes this whole image something else. Here are more chapters of a rich and multi-faceted tale!

Rampage #1

Variant cover by Bryan Hitch

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Writer Ram V. has done great things (alongside Al Ewing) Venom series as a recent one, and so it only makes sense that it could tackle its precocious and bloodthirsty child. Carnage should take place after Carnage forever, and promises to be a “celebration of all Carnage”. So, what better way to kick things off than a slew of variant covers? There’s this semi-photorealistic piece by Simone Bianchi, which exudes a certain edgy ’90s energy. Or, the Mico Suayan variation, which perfectly captures the existential horror in Spider-Man’s eyes. I even like this simple, more straightforward cover from Ron Lim, which captures something essentially Carnage. Still, the big winner is this variant by Bryan Hitch, which sort of says everything you need to know about this book and a picture. That is to say “Prepare for a veritable deluge of violence and intensity”. Sure, Carnage won’t crush all those A-listers (right?!), but that fear still exists, and it’s why Carnage is the world’s most beloved alien psychopath.

Catwoman #41

Cover by Jeff Dekal

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The solicitation for catwoman #41 promises a monumental return: Onyx! The assassin-turned-hero was, at one point, the only other vigilante Batman would allow to operate in Gotham City. (It’s like Lebron James said you can play a game of pick-up with him — I think.) But with the bats gone, the solicitation adds, that silly no-elimination rule was thrown out by the window, and this little twist will put Onyx and Catwoman up for some sort of showdown. And the cover tells us exactly what to expect when they go head-to-head. Will it be a little sexually charged? Sure, but in a fitting and totally unflattering way. Could he also be a little weird and silly? Of course, that’s not out of the question in this book/series. But more than that, it’s likely going to be gory and brutal, and just the kind of thing to really play up both this series and the inherent chaos in Gotham right now. Welcome back, Onyx!

Sleep #1

Cover of Nathan Fox

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Without jinxing myself, I don’t really have “bad” dreams. I have lots of weird dreams (flying around an indoor technicolor pool, for example) that might get a little sour (like my skin is falling off), but nothing that requires me to wake up screaming bloody murder. So I’m doubly intrigued for Sleep, a new series from writer Tyler Burton Smith and artist Vanessa Cardinali about a for-hire “nightmare hunter” who helps clients and ends up falling into a “literal living nightmare.” And as far as early covers go, Nathan Fox’s is excellent. It expertly captures the surreal, demented story, the promise of overt violence, and just a hint of the whimsy that comes with effectively playing cops and robbers with someone’s dreams. Plus, it sounds a lot like a dream anyone could have, and that makes it all the more effective. Do not sleep on this one, folks.

Heavy Metal Drummer #2

Luca Vassallo cover

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You may remember (or not, who am I to say?) that I loved the cover of issue 1 of heavy metal drummer. And rightly so: In a story about a junkie drummer battling interdimensional ailments, this first cover really nailed the look and feel of being a bonkers drummer in the Los Angeles music scene of the 80s. And, ultimately, there’s more cover goodness to come from a relatively young series as artist Luca Vassallo releases another big hit. For one thing, I don’t know what this has to do with the events of issue #2, as it sees our drummer, Dave, stalking “parasitic agents” while an “elderly woman continues[s] to seduce and capture unsuspecting customers. Yet, with clear reference to terminator – if it was directed by David Cronenberg, of course – that’s more than enough to make me want to get it without asking another question. Unless that question is, “Is this woman covered in sewer fumes somehow?”

The last book you will read #6

Cover by Leila Leiz

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I read the very first issue of The last book you will read, and I was immediately blown away by how deeply weird, dark, and funny it turned out. (Everything that made sense was written by Cullen Bunn.) But, in the interests of complete honesty, I didn’t pay much for it, even with that profound experience in mind, and I attribute this to the activity. of life and that, in my own defense, I would probably want to read a story like this (about a twisted novel and its possibly unsuspecting author) when picked up on the road. And if there’s anything that’s going to keep this book high on my reading list, it’s the cover of #6. Of course, we all know how much I love body horror , but it adds a bit of “religious” imagery and something more real and depressing to make it less “ah heck yeah!” and more “oh noooo.” And if you can achieve that when it comes to this dear writer, then you really have accomplished something that is both fascinating and yet unsettling.

Fantastic Four: Reckoning War – The Trial of the Watcher #1

Javier Rodriguez cover

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Even if you have no idea what’s going on with the The Fantastic Four and/or all count the war, you should definitely check this issue. Because everything revolves around the famous Marvel What if… series – in particular, the one world “Uatu avoided looking…and never wished to see.” We can clearly see from the cover that he feels a heady mix of shame, guilt and anxiety, but what kind of world could that be? From the rest of the coverage it looks like the F4 is recovering beaten by Galactus – which, on its own, doesn’t seem too bad considering the sheer number of times a version of this has happened. But this may be the world where Galactus ultimately wins in the end. Or, perhaps the outcome of said battle is just too terrible to ever be seen. Either way, it’s big hype for what could be a great story in this ever-intriguing segment of MU.

Batman: The Knight #3

Variant cover by Riccardo Federici

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I may have mentioned, with number 1, that I didn’t really feel Batman: The Knight. And, yes, I know what you’re already going to say: “This is one of the first Batman stories, written by you Chip Zdarsky (and the art of the equally great Carmine Di Giandomenico) – you, Mr. Coplan, must to be crazy. “And to that I say, of course I welcome that possibility, but I also think that maybe this is a story I’ll need to read the whole thing to really appreciate what Zdarsky and company are trying to achieve. accomplish. That said, though, I think number 3 stands out, if only because the promise of a young Bruce Wayne training to be a cat burglar in Paris when he comes face to face with the serial killer nicknamed the foundling. And maybe that’s just the spark for the story itself to achieve the potential that abounds in this variant of Riccardo Federici, which is sort of the perfect encapsulation of rage and psychic horror. that I always imagined a young Bruce would go through. That the Bat is both an icon and a kind of devil, and that sounds like the kind of “revelation” this series should aim for on every page. I’m cautiously holding out hope, gang!

King Spawn #8

Cover by Kevin Keane

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I understand that not everyone has read Spawn — even after nearly 30 full years as the world’s most screwed-up revenant. But more than that, even if people read part of this series, they might not even like it. Still, even with all of that in mind, I think we can all agree on one thing: Spawn is one of the most appealing and diverse characters in all of modern comics. Example: This mostly random coverage for King’s Spawn #8, which shows a perfect encapsulation of Spawn – displayed on a random fire escape, that totally amazing cape and chains fluttering in the wind in front of a possibly gruesome, but nonetheless beautiful cityscape. Everything that happens in the story – more about the Exodus Foundation, the Throne of God (!), etc. – is no less important, but it seems to momentarily fade when you spend some time enjoying the richness of the cover. It’s one of a million snapshots in this canon, and proof that Spawn’s look and aesthetic is truly timeless, right there with Batman floating around Gotham City or Superman posing in front of an American flag. Things change all the time, but the power of this character has found its way to our collective frontal lobe.

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